What's Happening in KB?

contact info: sboyle@nrsd.net    (978) 779-2821 x5034
                                                                                                    kdean@nrsd.net                 
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Dates to Remember:
* Oct. 19 - KB apple activities, 11-12
* Oct. 27 - early release
* Oct. 30 - KB pumpkin decorating, 11-12
* Oct. 31 - Kindergarten Halloween Parade
* Nov. 6 - no school/Conferences
* Nov. 9 - early release/Conferences
* Nov. 10 - no school-Veterans' Day
* Nov. 16 - FSS Pasta Party fundraiser-see 'Useful Documents' for flyer and ticket order form
* Nov. 22-23 - Thanksgiving break
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Schedule: A day-Library (books)B day-ArtC day-MusicD day-Gym (sneakers)E day-Computers; 
                     F day- Gym (sneakers) and Health

A-F schedule: 10/16 - A day; 10/17 - B day; 10/18 - C day; 10/19 - D day; 10/20 - E day
                            10/23 - F day; 10/24 - A day; 10/25 - B day; 10/26 - C day; 10/27 - D day
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* The children have been very eager to share books and other special things so I'm setting up a 'Show and Share' schedule. I'd like the things that they share to be special as in something they've made, something someone brought back from a trip, something that is special because of a connection to a loved one, a treasured book, etc. not just a random toy they grab from their toy box. Children don't have to share but these will be the days that they may if they choose. We'll start on the next A day (10/16/17).

      A day - Sammie, Lucas, Juliana                              D day - Kylie, Brady, Bryce
      B day - Patty, Garrison, Cece                                   E day - Audrey, Camden, Addison
      C day - Lydia, Aidan, Aerith                                     F day - Olive, Max, Harrison

* On Thursday, Oct. 19, we will be examining, measuring, and tasting apples from 11-12. We invite all parents who are able to join us. Remember, you MUST have a completed CORI in order to attend.

* On Monday, Oct. 30, we will have a pumpkin decorating extravaganza! Please send in a sugar pumpkin the week of Oct. 23, NOT before, please. The pumpkin should be small enough that your child can easily carry it themselves. We invite any interested parents to join us on the 30th from 11-12 for this fun-filled decorating party! Remember, you MUST have a completed CORI in order to attend.

* On Tuesday, Oct. 31, the Kindergarten classes will have a costume parade around the school. Children may BRING their costume to change into at school. Parents are welcome to meet us outside at the front of the school at 9am for a picture opportunity and then the children will proceed inside to continue the parade throughout the school.

* We have begun Fundations, which is our word study/spelling program. There is a Fundations letter/sound poster on the 'Useful Documents' page that you can download or print that will show you the picture cues we use to help the children remember the letter sounds, if you'd like a reference. We don't do the letters/sound in alphabetical order so check in on the 'What Are We Learning' page to see which letters we've introduced.  

* If your child would like to bring in a quiet toy or game from home to use at rest time, they may. It has to fit into a quart sized bag and must be something they can use quietly and independently (no electronics and nothing that makes noise).

* If you are interested in volunteering in the school in ANY capacity this year, please be sure to come in and get the CORI process started ASAP. You need to see Deb Helfgott in the front office to do this. 

* If you haven't already, please send in a seasonally appropriate change of clothes at school in case of accidents. Also, if your child comes home with dirty clothes, please send in replacements asap. 

* To report absences, tardies, and dismissal changes, email (fssattendance@nrsd.net)  and cc both myself and Kirsten. The information will automatically be sent to school secretaries and nurses. You can report both planned and unexpected absences, tardies, and dismissals.  Also, if a change occurs during the day and you need to contact us, please email fssattendance as well as myself and Kirsten by 12:00, if it is after 12:00, call the office directly.

* Please be sure to mark your child's lunch menu in their red folder every day. Also, be sure to review the menu with your child so that they know what is being offered and if they want the hot lunch or one of the alternates. We've had instances of children not wanting the lunch after they've gotten it and food being wasted. Thanks!

KB wish list - replacement scotch tape rolls; quart, gallon, and snack sized Ziploc bags; seasonal craft supplies/stickers; Play-doh (varied colors); brown paper lunch bags; Amazon wish lists (go to Amazon, drop down menu 'accounts and lists', 'find a registry or list', type in my name 'Stephanie Boyle', I have 2 lists 'FSS book list' and 'FSS misc. list')

* Students bring or buy lunch every day and should bring 2 snacks (morning and afternoon) and a water bottle.  Children can buy milk at lunch time but we do not buy milk for snack times. If your child's classroom snack requires a spoon or fork, please send one in their lunch bag. We do not have the facilities to heat or store food items so all food needs to be edible from their lunch box. For the safety of all students, nut foods will be consumed in the cafeteria at lunch and classroom snacks must be nut free.

* If your child is buying lunch or milk, the cafeteria does not accept cash but you may set up a lunch account. You may either send in a check made out to NRSD Lunch or put money in their account online at My School Bucks. I have added the forms for free/reduced price meals on the 'Useful Documents' page. A monthly lunch calendar will be in their red home folder. Please mark it daily according to the key at the top.

* The children go out for recess every day so please be sure children are appropriately dressed for the weather. In the warm weather, water bottles and sturdy shoes/sandals (preferably not flip flops) and in cold weather, long pants/leggings/tights, hats, mittens, and boots are encouraged. We go out every day the weather allows so layers are always good. When the cold weather sets in, if you'd like to send in a bag of items (mittens, hat, snowpants, sneakers, etc.) that can stay in their cubbies, that's fine. 
"There is no bad weather, just inadequate clothing"

* I have uploaded the lunch menu, A-F day schedule, free/reduced lunch packet, district calendar, and Parent/Student Handbook to the 'Useful Documents' page. They can be downloaded and printed as needed. I will upload the new lunch menu each month.